Latest newsletter: 19th November
Council Meetings – can you attend?
The Central Bedfordshire Council Scrutiny Committee is meeting on 23rd November to discuss the future of the Music Service and the future of the Youth Service, and 30th November to discuss all financial implications to budgets for services provided via the Children, Families, and Learning Committee (i.e. the biggest and widest range of services - education, youth service, social services, etc.). Both meetings are crucial to the people of Central Beds and are open to the public. They both start at 10 a.m. and are being held at the Council Offices at Chicksands. Please pass this information on to as many people as possible.
Michael will be at the meeting on 23rd and has gained permission to speak. He is currently working on his three-minute slot to make the most impact. For example, it is clear from some responses we have had that many Councillors do not know anything about the Henley Review.
We have also sent a compilation of many of the messages we have received through the website to all the members of the Scrutiny Committee. Download the papers for this meeting at the agenda by clicking here.
What about Bedford Borough?
We have word from Bedford Borough via a number of replies that letter-writers have had from Councillors and Officers. David Sawyer, the Lead Member and Portfolio Holder for Children's Services for Bedford Borough has written:
“Bedfordshire Music has an excellent reputation across the Borough, and is widely recognised for its essential role in helping children and young people of all ages develop their skills in areas of concentration, sensitivity, responsibility and organisation, as well as of course an appreciation of music itself. At the present time, the Borough Council has no plans to make any cuts in front line music services. We have yet to evaluate Central Bedfordshire’s proposals to cut its subsidy in 2012/13.”
If you wish to contact your Bedford Borough Councillor, click here.
We’ve been in the Comet and Beds on Sunday, and have had mentions on a number of important blogs this week. The message is well and truly out there.
Cultural Learning Alliance blog
Epetition: click here. There are already enough signatures to allow us a slot at the meeting on 23rd November.
Facebook page: click here.